Heinrich: 10 Reasons Why The Republican Budget Is Wrong For N.M.

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Heinrich: 10 Reasons Why The Republican Budget Is Wrong For N.M.

After U.S. Senate Republicans passed the joint budget resolution, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following 10 reasons why the Republican budget would hurt New Mexico’s economy and weaken the middle class. “This Republican budget is all wrong for New Mexico. It increases tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires while making cuts to programs that benefit average New Mexicans working hard to get ahead,” said Sen. Heinrich. “Instead, we should be evening the playing field for everyone and investing in education and job training, strengthening Medicare, and building the infrastructure needed for economic development.” The Republican budget will cost New Mexico jobs.

[UPDATED] All of the Senior, Tribal and Higher Education programs NM Republicans want to cut in the final minutes of the session

After spending a year to review the state’s most “critical needs,” Democrats and Republicans agreed to a capital outlay program to direct taxpayer money to fund the state’s most critical infrastructure needs, including senior centers that provide food and programs for seniors, tribal funds that provide for infrastructure and critical funding for local community college programs that train local workers in locally needed job skills. At¬†the last minute, Republicans¬†in the Ways and Means Committee surprised everyone by pulling a funding movida. Republicans voted in bloc to remove $8.6M from senior programs, $11M from community college¬†programs, then borrow $45M on the state’s credit card to pay for road programs that fulfill the Governor’s campaign promises. According to an analysis by the House Democratic caucus, here are the programs Republicans fought in committee and on the floor to cut:

Statewide Program Cuts to Capital Outlay
Use the + / – buttons in the bottom right corner to zoom. Click an icon to see the program and cut in each community.

New Mexico is facing a big hole in the budget in 2015. This legislator wants to plug it with pot. Is he right?

History will look back on 2014 as a “watershed” year for marijuana, many political scientists believe. ¬† Colorado led the nation with the first legal recreational marijuana sales in January, followed by votes at the end of the year in Alaska and Oregon to follow suit. And voters expressed overwhelming support for most marijuana ballot questions across the country, including two here¬†in New Mexico. With Colorado pulling in a reported $30,000,000 in new revenues from its first year of taxed-and-regulated pot, legislators in other states are looking to marijuana as a new crop of revenue to fund previously underfunded programs like education and expand a state’s economic base. Acting on a resolution passed by the state legislature in 2014, New Mexico’s¬†Legislative Council Service is expected to release a study in early 2015 analyzing the fiscal impacts of legalization in Colorado.

Groups to rally with Cong. Michelle Lujan Grisham, retirees and union leaders against Medicare cuts

This note from our friends at NMARA about proposed cuts to Medicaid in the conservative budget before Congress:
Once again, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a budget that would turn Medicare into ‚Äúcoupon-care.‚ÄĚ Congresswoman Lujan Grisham, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, organization partners and local residents who depend upon Medicare will speak out about the effect these cuts would have on them and on communities in New Mexico.WHO: ¬† ¬† Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Ladonna Harris, Member, NCPSSM Board of Directors and President, Americans for Indian Opportunity¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Carter Bundy, AFSCME Political Director¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Don Manning, ARA Senior Representative¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Mandy Pino, Gray Panthers¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Rose Shaw, AlbuquerqueWHEN: ¬†¬†Thursday, April 24th at 11:30 A.M.WHERE: AFSCME Hall Council 18¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†1202 Pennsylvania St. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Read more: ¬†Rally Against Medicare Cuts ABQ

Democrats go after Pearce for votes against airports and jobs across CD2

Southern New Mexico’s congressman, Steve Pearce, keeps bending over backwards to vote against important programs, jobs and funding for his own constituents. ¬†This time Democrats called him out for his votes against critical airports and the jobs that go with them across CD2:
APR 15, 2014

New details have surfaced about Congressman Pearce‚Äôs misguided budget ‚Äď and it‚Äôs bad news for southern New Mexicans. Congressman Pearce‚Äôs budget would end the federal program that ensures the Cavern City Air Terminal and Grant County Airport will continue to offer access to commercial flights.